I'm somewhere in the middle. I've decided to make a few changes to make my life better in the immediate sense, and work towards some long-term goals that I have in the hope that looking toward the future will bring me closer to joy than wallowing in a less-than-ideal present. And next year...come what may.
So...here's the plan:
- Ride my (new, awesome) bike most days to work. Andy helped me rearrange my classroom to fit the bike and now that I've been riding again for about 4 weeks, I feel so much better about everything. I didn't realize how much my foot/asthma/needing to dress nice was keeping me from riding and thus contributing to my misery. My new bike (ok, our new bike) has addressed most of those concerns for the better, and I feel great about it.
- Take a class. I've been wanting to take a watercolor class because I have few actual technical skills. While I know that I'm no genius when it comes to visual art, I love painting in my journal and I get great pleasure out of using my awesome watercolor set. So, I signed up for an on-line class. Because, you know, I'm not busy enough yet. I'm curious about an on-line class, but I like that I can work through it on my own schedule.
- Take a real vacation. Not a vacation where I go in to school and work for three days and spend another day or two at home doing things on the computer. Nope. Unplug, leave the lesson plans and Ipad at home, and go to the beach. Seriously. Tickets to LA (not my ideal beach destination, but convenient for a variety of reasons) have been purchased, beach hotel secured, and cost be screwed. I can't wait! Spring break!
- Register now for a Master Naturalist course. Basically, spend a week learning about the natural history and biology/botany of a region (mountains, wetlands, desert) with passionate conservationists and educators, and get a certificate saying that I did. That is a no-brainer for me. I also applied for a scholarship, but haven't heard back yet.
- Plan a Big Ride. I haven't been on a bike tour since my first foot surgery, and it is time. My friend and I (and possibly another) will be riding south to north on the Colorado section of the Great Divide. Because of work schedules, my dear husband won't be able to join us, but this is my big summer hurrah. I should probably start planning it now...June 20 is shockingly soon when I think about planning things like food preparation and mail drops.